So here we are…finally some good Hi Rez pictures of the Panasonic AF101, the PL mount in this case is the MTF PL to Micro Four Thirds Adaptor. This is proving so popular with customers that Mike from MTF ran out last week but he is expecting to have more from today.
We have not really had a chance to view the business side of the camera in such detail, I am glad to see a small joystick being used on the “FUNCTION” mode, I do hope this is an alternative navigation to the thumb wheel seen at the front of the camera. A nice touch is the removable panel covering the audio level controls. Note the mode button far right just above CH2 and the letters CAM & PB which can only mean “Camera” or “Playback”. Interestingly the OIS button will only work if you have Panasonic Micro Four Third lenses with the OIS switch. The 14-140mm lens has the OIS switch and this in my opinion will be “standard lens” for the AF101. Great to see a decent ND filter ring from 0 to 1/64 ND.
The two SDHC slots are at the top and a nice indication in yellow as to which slot is in use. There is HDMI, SDI and composite out and note where the headphone socket is.
This side is a bit like the dark side of the moon, a side we haven’t seen that often, note we have line and mic switches, the phantom power is switchable on the opposite side of the camera. This camera has grown on me since the early prototype… as one DP called it “an ugly duckling with a swan like picture” thats a perfect description of this camera. As they say it’s not all down to looks, it may be a tad boxy but from all accounts the camera performs and performs well and that’s the bottom line.